One big time suck for many a family caregiver involves figuring out how to solve problems as they crop up. By taking a little bit of time, you can actually become more efficient at solving the problems that come your way.
Get a Good Handle on the Problem Itself
If you don’t feel as if you fully understand the problem, it’s going to be that much more difficult to find the right solution. Sometimes problems are a physical manifestation of something that you believe to be true. For example, you might think that you can’t eat healthier because you don’t have time to plan for healthy meals. Your actual problem, though, might be that you don’t feel that it’s worth the time to worry about what you’re eating when your elderly family member needs so much of your help.
Brainstorm Solutions for the Problem as it Stands
Brainstorming is a great way for you to come up with a list of lots of solutions. But the key to brainstorming successfully is that you can’t judge those ideas while you’re coming up with them. That kills the flow of ideas. Set a timer for five minutes and write down as many ideas as you can.
Pick a Solution and Go with It
Here’s where you can start judging some of the ideas you’ve written down. Some of them might be more realistic than others. For example, one idea might be to hire a private chef and another might be to plan your meals and snacks when you plan meals and snacks for your elderly family member. A private chef might be outside of your budget and therefore not a viable option. So it would make more sense to plan your meals along with your aging adult’s meals.
Assess How Well the Solution Worked and Go from There
Give the solution a fighting chance and then take an objective look at how well that idea worked for you. If it didn’t solve the problem completely or it turned out to be less realistic than it looked, you’ve still got a list of other solutions you can try. You’re not wasting time trying to come up with another list of potential answers.
As you gain confidence with your new, more efficient method of solving problems, you’ll find yourself facing problems with a new perspective.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Bordentown, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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